come to terms

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come to terms

  1. Reach an agreement, as in The landlord and his tenants soon came to terms regarding repairs. [Early 1700s]

  2. come to terms with. Reconcile oneself to, as in He'd been trying to come to terms with his early life. [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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